Halloween Candy Idea
An Alternative to Chocolate or Chips

Every year for Halloween I try to get the kids something a tiny bit different in terms of their candy.  One year when I was rolling in the money I gave out full sized chocolate bars.  Another year it was Pringles as opposed to regular bags of potato chips.

But no matter what …my options always seemed to be chocolate or chips.  Now … not to sound like an old hag, but … when I was a kid all we got were Rockets and Kraft caramels.  And in fact, a lot of houses didn’t even give out “Kraft” caramels … they gave out fake, no name caramels that could pull a filling out in one chew.

If we got a teeny, tiny Coffee Crisp thrown into our pillow cases it was like hitting pay dirt.  Something to be squirrelled away or mashed into your mouth immediately, depending on what type of kid you were.  I was a squirreller.  Still am.

These days when I peek into the specially made, store bought, pumpkin stencilled, light up, ergonomically correct Halloween bags the kids are carrying around, all I see are chips and chocolate bars.  Chocolate bars and chips.

Only getting 2 different items in your Halloween bag makes sitting on the living room rug in your jammies, separating all of your goods kind of anticlimactic.  2 piles does not a good Halloween make.  In my opinion anyway.

I have nothing against chocolate and potato chips.  I happen to love them.  As do kids.  But a little something different is always fun too.  So if you’re looking to give out something a bit different, and inexpensive this year  give handing these out a shot …


Fortune Cookie


Yup.  Fortune Cookies.

Fortune Cookies2


I went to my local Bulk Barn and filled up a couple of their bags with fortune cookies.  One Bulk Barn bag holds around 75 fortune cookies and costs $6.  Now, according to the fella, the fortune cookies are going to cost a lot more than 6 bucks once you factor in the cost of having the house washed after being egged by all the local kids.

But I think he’s wrong.  I think fortune cookies are a great idea.  I mean, what kid wants just an endless supply of chocolate and chips?

Ohmygod.  I think I’ve made a horrible mistake.


  1. Bre Quantrill says:

    Argh! Stupid phone…
    As I was saying, I made his older sister promise she’s share a bowl and then he was happy.
    With the can of soup gone, I kept the fun going with a wooden shoe stretcher I’d picked up at a thrift shop. You guessed it, that was scooped up as well! The fortune cookie idea is brilliant! But I wouldn’t trust them not to get broken under a can of soup.

  2. Bre Quantrill says:

    I think this would be so fun! Last year I gave out candy and for some badness I offered the kids a can of veggie soup instead. 1 in 10 kids take the soup. Yup, one little girl was over the moon that I had soup and took it. I got parental clearance and popped it inti her little pillowcase. Her toddler brother wanted soup, too, so I made his sister pr

  3. Nicole Ouellette says:

    I always give out juice boxes, not flashy but often appreciated! In the rush to get on costumes and get out the door people often forget to pack a drink and after being outside for awhile the kiddos get thirsty (mom’s too!) Lots of people give out pop, but my son won’t drink it (not sure how I lucked out there but he thinks it is ‘spicy’! He is only six though so I am sure that will change) At any rate even if he would drink it, once it gets opened it leaves me balancing a half full can until it does get finished. Besides, no worries about leftovers – they just go into lunches!
    I should say too that it is an obviously more expensive option than candy but we don’t get large volumes of trick or treaters so it works okay here

  4. laura says:

    We rent a cotton candy machine and whip up batches for all the kids (parents love it as well). It’s a way to have a special ‘homemade’ treat without anyone worrying about poison , or razer blades or peanuts etc. Plus it’s super fun for us!

  5. Auntiepatch says:

    I’ve been giving out glow-in-the-dark bracelets for years. The kids (and parents) LOVE them! I buy them at Michael’s; 20/tube for $1.00. Can’t beat it.

  6. AnnW says:

    PS. Our Halloween was cancelled in Connecticut. We had the bad snow storm on Saturday. Trees and lines were down, so they didn’t want anyone out. Candy was handed out at Town Hall in the afternoon. We are having a SnowDay Halloween on Saturday.

    • Karen says:

      AnnW – Someone told me that Halloween had been postponed. I knew there was a storm but didn’t know it was THAT big! ~ karen

  7. AnnW says:

    My kids would have loved getting Playdoh for Halloween. We bought it once. We lived in an apartment in New York City and it crumbled and got all over everything. After that, we had a ban on Playdoh. We did make our own sometimes, that was better. I let them take pottery classes. I still have Dozens of Pinch Pots. Ann

  8. Bobbi says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fortune cookie idea…broken or otherwise…………brilliant………..we got candy corn in ohio in small sealed cellophone packets…..i don’t know of anyone who ever really got egged over candy……..most eggings I ever heard of were the occasional shop window….i think you are safe………read your fortune ahead of time to be sure !!

    • Karen says:

      Bobbi – Well, I just finished handing out the fortune cookies and I have to tell you …. they went over HUGE. The kids (all of them, old and young) absolutely LOVED them. Phew! :) ~ karen

  9. Gayla T says:

    If I run out there will be mud pies! Apples are too expensive. I got two big apples and they were a dollar. The big bunch of bananas were $3. I can’t afford to eat all of it I want and I am not giving it away to have a parent throw it away as there might be a razor blade in it. Happy Halloween from the witch on Western Ave. LOL

  10. Deb says:


    We did 1 oz cans of playdoh last year and it was a big hit. Better still hubby and I didn’t binge on the treats and my 2 year old had enough left over to last all year.

    This year, I’m doing mini bags of pretzels and animal crackers. I prefer to steer aways from all the candy for our own family’s benefit. Plus these are 2 things we eat anyways so I know the leftovers (if any) will be used up.

    Hard to imagine trick or treating not being a custom is some places. I find Halloween to be one of childhoods best pleasures.


  11. Melissa M says:

    I love the fortune cookie idea – different yet still sweet and delicious. It makes me want a fortune cookie RIGHT NOW!

  12. Erin {i can craft that} says:

    geeeze karen why dont you just hand out pencils or tooth brushes….

    Seriously though I do like the idea of getting them say ALONG with rockets and caramels

  13. JulieB says:

    One year, my oldest got ramen noodles. She was actually pretty pumped up about it. :) I think the cookies are a brilliant idea, and who doesn’t love a fortune?

  14. Lori says:

    I have thought about not handing out anything but husband said WHAT?. So I guess I’ll be getting something. And I and liking the thought of pencils. Need to go out and find a party story I guess. ….. I can remember one year I ran out of candy and handed out handfuls of pennies.

  15. amy dame says:

    they’re wrapped cookies, so even if they get smashed, the crumbs will still taste good! i think fortune cookies are a fabulous idea.

    when i was growing up on the prairies we got lots of the tiny chocolates, rockets (which are called Smarties in the US, for those that were confused!), gum, etc. i like getting raisins because they were always a bit stale and chewy, and one of the charities sold packets of peanuts to give out, i LOVED those. i don’t remember getting chips all that often, that didn’t start until i was older, i think, or maybe my neighbourhood was to poor for them.

    i do remember people trying to be clever and handing out things like freezies, which were stupid, because one, it’s october in manitoba! we’re already wearing out costumes over snowsuits! and two, the freezies would burst, and get sticky crap all over your candy, so they were a pain in the ass. i did like the juice or pop, though they usually got dumped in my dad’s pockets asap because they were so heavy, and pencils or fancy erasers.

    one thing i’ve been thinking about lately is candy corn. i totally don’t remember candy corn at all, we never got it when i was a kid. am i imagining it, or is it an american thing? i’ve seen it more in canada recently, but just in the past few years.

  16. hunter says:

    1) I luuuurve fortune cookies. We always buy extra when we get take out.

    2) Chips…really? That’s damn cool. We never got chips as kids.

    3) We’ve handed out play dough for the last few years and folks LOVE it…kids actually asked if we have it again because they remembered it from the year before.

  17. Love the idea, and for the record I don’t think you’ll get egg’d or that the cookies will get broken, I think the kids will keep them in their hands cos of the novelty.

  18. amy walters, aDESIGNdock says:

    Ooh…I like!

  19. Leanne says:

    Oh my goodness, you are so funny! I love reading your blog every morning, starting my day with a good laugh! Thanks!

  20. marilyn says:

    fortune cookies..really? i am on my way there with a dozen store bought white eggs as we speak..

  21. KatyKazoo says:

    Last year, I made everyone stand still for a “portrait” photo and offered the option of candy or Play Doh. Even the teens went for the Play Doh, so I just started handing out handfuls of stuff.

    This year, I’m printing all the photos and posting then at the door. I’ve had several kids assure me that they will be stopping by!

  22. Kristen S says:

    Yep…you’re getting egged. The parents may like it, but your fortune cookies are going in the gross/not gonna eat it pile. Its a nice idea, but your money may be wasted.

    • Karen says:

      Kristen – I don’t think so. Any kids I’ve ever met love fortune cookies. When I was a kid I loved fortune cookies! When Halloween is over, I’ll report back. ~ karen

  23. Nancy says:

    I think the kids will eat them whether they get smashed or not..I know I would..they will be excited to see what their fortune is..My best year was when we gave them mini bags of microwave popcorn..the kids loved it so much you would have thought it was a giant candy bar..that was the last year we got to do it as we bought a house in the country and no one does Trick Or Treat out here..we miss it soooo much…we used to decorate and dress up and play spooky music..we had as much fun as the kids who were getting the treats!! PS..they do sell the mini bags of chips that come in boxes here in Pennsylvania..but there are a lot of brands of chips made here in PA…I don’t know what the Rockets or Coffee Crisp are that you mentioned though…

  24. We do not have trick or treaters here….except my grandchilden ….and I like to send them gift cards of their favorite fast food….they love it….but this idea is awesome…..I would do this if I had trick or treaters…..thank you for the idea…..love it..

  25. LoriD says:

    My kids would be happy to get a fortune cookie – great idea!

    We live in a neighbourhood with not many kids and houses with l-o-n-g driveways, so there’s not much traffic to the houses. My kids make out like bandits! Their (not very small) bags are filled and they only hit about 20 houses. Many people give out full size chocolate bars; a couple of them give cans of pop. One year, each kid got a stuffed animal with a bag of candy tied around its neck!

  26. Kathe says:

    So the little cans of Vienna sausages are not a good idea? Back to the drawing board .

  27. Libby says:

    Good idea…maybe I’ll do this myself. I usually give away little goodie bags filled with tattoos, pencils, and erasers (my husband thinks I’m crazy).

  28. Brenda j says:

    I gave Halloween pencils & paper pads one year…kids loved them. They aren’t all unsophisticated. GO FOR IT!!

  29. At Halloween, I make the kids roll a dice. If it is even they get a treat, if it is odd they get a trick (it is trick OR treat you know). The tricks are usually dog bones, potatoes, a brillo pad, or something equally stupid. They love it and it makes a nice break from the monotony of candy and it makes them think ever so briefly that words matter.

  30. Liz S. says:

    For the past 2 years I’ve handed out Halloween pencils, temporary tattoos, and PlayDoh. Happy kids so far.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Perhaps if you had replaced the existing fortunes with ones that read “Not To Worry…You Will Receive Chocolate At The Next House” it would be a great idea! :-)

  32. Pat says:

    Have you done a smash test? I think they’re gonna get broken into pieces in the kids’ bags and then the family dog is gonna eat em…or mom and dad. Just a thought…

  33. Bethany Larrabee says:

    Fortune cookies are a great idea. One year we ran out of candy and just started grabbing random food stuffs we had around the house. Of course we had some fortune cookies in the mix. We actually had kids requesting the darn things!

  34. Nicole says:

    Oh Karen, don’t you know that it’s us parents who eat most of that junk and we want the chips and chocolate? My husband eats the chips and the Oh Henry bars and I eat the other chocolates. We sneak them out slowly, a little bit at a time so that the kids don’t notice.

    Seriously though, I think the kids will love the fortune cookies, especially for the fortune inside. Double whammo!

    However I feel sorry for kids with peanut allergies and always give out peanut free treats. I don’t think these would be safe. My daughter has a peanut allergic friend and have had a soft spot for these kids since.

  35. Bev says:

    my kids fight over the fortune cookies when we order out (or is that in) – anyway, I think it is a super cool idea – as long as they use organic home grown eggs to egg you with ;)

  36. Bonnie says:

    They are going to be a cracked mess before the kids get to the next house. Just saying :)

  37. CJ says:

    If I had ever trick or treated, I think I would have loved to have gotten a fortune cookie in the haul.

  38. Alicia says:

    Another awesome idea my girlfriend does, that I believe I will incorporate this year is playdoh! Mini playdog containers are sold at Costco, 80 of them or so for $12, it’s very similarly priced to chips and chocolate, and certainly and excellent idea for toddlers!

    This year I’ll be doing play-doh for the littles, full sized skittles for the older kids in the neighbourhood we know, chips and candies for other olderish kids.

  39. Clare says:

    Brilliant idea, Karen!

    My kids L.O.V.E. fortune cookies. It’s their favourite part of a visit to our local Chinese restaurant. If there is an extra one it has to be precision divided between them, and they share the ‘fortune’.

    They also seems appropriately halloween-ish.

    Thank you!

  40. Jen says:

    I’m such a do-gooder….I always try to give something that they can take in their lunch box the next day. ( I do this more for the Mom’s than the kids) Our school bans anything with peanuts/junk in general, so the next day there’s usually not one thing they can take to school. I do juice packs…or some sort “fruit” candy.Plus, if we have any left, my kids can use it in their lunches! I haven’t got egged yet. Although, I always worry when I run out, and start passing out apples or oranges…LOL!

  41. Gwen says:

    I would’ve liked getting a fortune cookie as a kid, I think. I was, and still am, weird.

    I don’t think your house will get egged! It’s not like you’re giving out cheap toothbrushes or apples, right?

  42. Julie shinnick says:

    Well, find out where they live and egg them back…..oh no wait…..you don’t want to waste your good eggs!

    We don’t have to worry about that here…..if someone is coming to the door for halloween the parents usually pre-arrange it as it is not a custom here. thank goodness……. lol

  43. Lucy says:

    Is getting potato chips in your Halloween bag a Canadian thing? I’ve never even heard that discussed in the States, but I don’t get out much. ;-) I always buy some small boxes of raisins to throw into the bowl. The big kids aren’t too thrilled, but I’m amazed at the number of little tykes who choose them. Maybe they had too many of those no-name caramels and want something they can count on. It’s more expensive than a big bag of candy, but I love the ghosts, princesses and super heroes saying, “ooooohhhhh, raisins!” Fortune cookies is a great idea, but I think I’d be tempted to write my own fortunes. It is OK to trick on trick-or-treat night, isn’t it?

  44. itchbay says:

    I’ve been in a dilemma about what to give out this year myself. I think as a kid, I would have loved to get a fortune cookie. But, then again, we never went out for Chinese food, so it would have been a fun novelty for me.

  45. LilyC says:

    I don’t want to rain on your parade but if everyone else is gonna give out chocolate, eventually the weight is going to smush the fortune cookie into itsy bitsy pieces. So much for good fortune. Just say’n.

  46. Renee says:

    Hey, better than my mom – she’s a dental hygienist and used to hand out toothbrushes! Some of the little kids actually liked them.

    And for kids that were too old to be trick-or-treating, she gave them prunes! Amazing we never got egged. Really.

    I think the fortune cookies are cool. Some may be mildly disappointed, but I don’t think anyone will hate them, and I think the people that like them will really like them. At least you’ll stand out!

    Is it a Canadian thing to hand out potato chips?

    I know some people here in the US hand out popcorn balls, but most parents prefer the sealed store-bought goodies of course.

    • Karen says:

      Renee – The potato chips are sold for Halloween. They’re sold in cardboard boxes filled with mini bags of chips especially for Halloween. ~ karen

  47. Kitt says:

    Ha! Their parents are going to think you get a *lot* of takeout.

  48. Jamieson says:

    I like it, I think. It’s still so unique I dunno how it’ll go over. Good idea to mix it up!

  49. Marti says:

    I think it’s a great idea. Wait, you are going to dip ’em in chocolate, right? Haha! JK.

    I love the taste and crunch and lightness of fortune cookies, so now I’m wishing for a “bulk barn” in my ‘hood!

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